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Whitmer signs bills to extend unemployment to 26 weeks

Whitmer signs bills to extend unemployment to 26 weeks Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: October 21, 2020 01:17 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed bills to lengthen state unemployment benefits to 26 weeks, from 20 weeks, through the end of the year.

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The laws enacted Tuesday largely codify changes the Democratic governor had ordered early in the coronavirus pandemic.

The Michigan Supreme Court recently struck down a law that was the underpinning of various orders, making the unemployment and other orders invalid.

Whitmer urged the Republican-led Legislature to next make the 26 weeks of benefits permanent, which is the case in 40 other states.

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